Wicked Corby carer paid for Netflix subscription with disabled victim's bank card

She admitted fraud by abuse of position

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 8:00 am

A Corby carer who was looking after a vulnerable man fraudulently used his bank cards to buy items for herself - including a Netflix subscription.

Janet Smith, 49, was caught out after transactions were spotted which weren't made by the disabled victim she visited as part of her care job.

The statements were analysed and found Smith, also known as Janet Waters, had used his bank cards to buy numerous goods and services for herself.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise


Among the items she paid for was a subscription to streaming entertainment service Netflix.

Smith, of Corporation Street, was later arrested and charged with fraud by abuse of position which she admitted at Northampton Magistrates' Court this month.

Magistrates handed her a 22-week prison sentence - but spared her from being sent straight to custody by suspending it for 18 months.

She was told she must pay back compensation of £1,724.25 as part of her sentence.

Smith must also take part in rehabilitation activities and complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

■ We understand that some people may be angry or upset to see their name published here but covering court cases acts as a deterrent against crime and it is important that justice is being seen to be done.

Under English Law, it is a general principle that criminal court proceedings for adults should be held openly and in public. Verdicts and sentences are normally given out in open court and so are in the public domain. Newspapers such as ours therefore have the right to publish outcomes of all such criminal court cases.

You can read more about what to expect if you have appeared in court on the IPSO website HERE